What did I do to mess up the self-adjuster on one of my rear wheels during a DIY brake job?

12.01.1998

I recently did a rear brake job on my ' Chevy Astro van Now the self-adjuster on the left rear wheel over-adjusts the brake periodically and I have to get out and get under it and loosen it up What...

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Is a cylinder losing compression a death sentence for this Mitsubishi?

12.01.1998

I have a Mitsubishi Diamante with miles on it It is a car my wife and I both enjoy Recently we had it serviced at a Mitsubishi dealership and were informed that one cylinder had lost compression down to psi...

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Should you stick with the same brand every time you change the oil in your car?

12.01.1998

My question is about different brands of oil Should you stick with the same brand every time you change the oil in your car Does it harm the car at all to switch brands as long as they are the...

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You want a reliable back roading SUV to take to Montana...and you're looking at a Land Rover Discovery?

12.01.1998

I am a -year-old college student who is about to graduate I am about to make a huge investment in a sport utility vehicle as I am moving to Montana after graduation I really want a Land Rover Discovery but...

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Am I right to think a transmission should last more than 90k miles?

12.01.1998

I'm frustrated I have a ' Dodge Grand Caravan with approximately miles Recently while my wife was driving to work the transmission literally blew parts shot from the gear chamber to the torque converter chamber All totaled it cost for...

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My Toyota Camry's engine feels like it's constantly looking for the right gear.

12.01.1998

I have a Toyota Camry LE V which has a couple of disappointing characteristics I drive frequently in town at around mph While driving at that speed it feels like the engine is constantly searching for the right gear The...

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Is motor mount replacement a do-it-yourself job?

12.01.1998

My father-in-law has a Cadillac DeVille The car is making a clunking noise when taking off from a dead stop We brought it to a transmission shop and they said it was the motor mount We both have moderate mechanical...

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Is my battery suffering from always jump-starting my friend's car?

12.01.1998

My loser friend keeps asking me to jump-start his loser car I've done it about five times now and I'm about ready to tell him where he can put his jumper cables Is my battery going to suffer from all...

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Is the dealer brushing me off by recommending I DON'T fix a transfer case leak on my Jeep?

12.01.1998

I have a Jeep Cherokee with miles My problem is the car has started to leak fluid from the transfer case The seals were replaced twice in the last two months Both times the leak did stop for almost a...

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Should you park a manual transmission in 1st gear or reverse? Depends on whether you have front-wheel drive...and on whether you get towed.

12.01.1998

Several years ago on one of your radio puzzlers you had a case of a husband and wife who had identical cars with manual transmissions that got towed After the tow one car worked and the other didn't Your answer...

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What do letters like SF, SH, and SJ mean on oil cans...and which one should I be using?

12.01.1998

I was wiping the cobwebs off of my owner's manual for my ' Chevy Caprice and it happened to fall open to the page about oil changes It says I should use an oil that has an API designation of...

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My Taurus can barely make it over an 8-9 thousand foot mountain pass. Is it suffering from oxygen deprivation?

12.01.1998

Last summer my family and I loaded up the ' Taurus and went for a drive in the mountains When we got to an altitude of or feet we seemed to lose more and more power and about the only...

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We could recommend a flip phone that works in your Lexus...but we won't, and never will.

12.01.1998

I would like your help in finding a flip cellular phone to use in a Lexus LS We need the handset only To purchase it from the dealer would cost around Can you believe that I wonder if you can...

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My brakes sound like barking seals.

12.01.1998

My front brakes which are just a few months old make a very strange noise -- on occasion These occasions are never when I drive to the dealer or the mechanic I've had mechanics drive with me and the noise...

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What is a turbocharger...and is it an asset or a liability?

12.01.1998

I'd like to know something about turbochargers on cars Specifically what is a turbocharger What does it do and how does it do it Finally is it an asset or a liability on a used car -- Peter RAY Good...

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